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Cycladic Figurines in Rome’s Colosseum


Artifacts from the collections of the Greek Cycladic Art Museum will be transferred to Rome in order to be included in a major exhibition on Ancient Earth, presented at the Colosseum.

The exhibition, titled “TerrAntica; Volti, miti e immagini della terra nel mondo antico” (“Ancient Earth: Faces, myths and images of earth in the ancient world) opened in April at the Colosseum of Rome and will continue until October 15. The four Cycladic figurines that are included in the exhibition are also featured on the cover of its catalogue.

The Colosseum exhibition is divided in 11 sections which focus on the prehistory and history of Mediterranean civilizations from the 5th millennium BC to Roman times. It is promoted by the Superintendence for the Colosseum, the Roman National Museum and the archaeological area of Rome, in collaboration with Electa, and is curated by Maurizio Bettini and Giuseppe Pucci.

Sculptures, reliefs, frescoes, vases, figurines, inscribed gold plates, coins and tools, combined with colored, as well as black and white photographs from the Mediterranean will let visitors explore the link between man and earth, the myths created to explain natural phenomena, the figures deified and worshiped and the minerals and treasures that men in the area sought.

Cycladic art encompasses the visual art of the ancient Cycladic civilization, which flourished in the islands of the Aegean Sea from 3300 – 2000 BC. Along with the Minoans and Mycenaeans, the Cycladic people are counted among the three major Aegean cultures.

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